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Jane Austen: A Collection of Critical Essays
Jane Austen A Collection of Critical Essays Author:Ian Watt (Editor) This collection of modern literary opinion on Jane Austen places the popular novelist in a frame far wider than the provincial middle class society she portrayed so well. — In contrast to the earlier extremes of approbation and disdain, adoration and condescension, recent scholarship has taken a new look at Jane Austen's novels, weighed them, and... more » produced in the past two decades rich and illuminating appraisals confirming the place of her works in British letters. Here they are seen as perceptive observations of the human condition, making adroit use of irony as a means of moral and social judgment.
This volume of contemporary critical appreciation makes it clear why Jane Austen's image has enlarged over the years from that of charming entertainer to mature and conscious artist.« less